Do You Need Help with a Misdiagnosis Lawsuit in Los Angeles?
The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., is dedicated to representing innocent people who have been misdiagnosed by their health care provider. Our firm has the knowledge to effectively handle your claim and to protect your rights. We proudly represent people who have received a misdiagnosis from a doctor, clinic, hospital, nurse, or HMO in California. Not only is our principal a licensed lawyer and doctor in California, but we also work with a team of dedicated medical experts in every known medical specialty to ensure that every facet of liability is explored thoroughly.
The misdiagnosis of certain medical conditions is one type of medical malpractice. For many medical conditions, a timely diagnosis is key. For example, cancer can be treated if it is caught early enough, but if it is not, it can metastasize into something more life threatening. Not even considering the pain and suffering that a failure to diagnose can inflict, the financial burdens that can result from such negligence can be catastrophic.
Medical malpractice cases can be very complex and require the skill of an attorney that has the experience that you need. Reports show there were over 12 million Americans misdiagnosed in 2014. A study also found that 20% of patients with serious conditions are first misdiagnosed. This is why you need a medical malpractice attorney with the knowledge and expertise for your case: Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., who is not only an attorney but also a medical doctor licensed in California.
Common Types of Misdiagnosis
While there are several potential misdiagnosis situations, some of the more common types of misdiagnosis include:
- Cancer. The most misdiagnosed cancer conditions are breast cancer, sarcomas, lymphoma, and melanoma. Misdiagnosis of cancer can lead to debilitating and unnecessary treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy. Inadequate patient evaluations, missing or ignored information, or taking an incomplete medical history can all play a part in the misdiagnosis of cancer.
- Stroke. The American Heart Association found that some younger people with stroke symptoms are misdiagnosed with migraines or vertigo. Stroke symptoms include confusion, loss of vision, numbness, weakness, or trouble moving or speaking. These types of symptoms require immediate medical attention. In stroke situations, time equals brain, so a stroke misdiagnosis can very quickly lead to fatal consequences if not corrected and treated immediately.
- Heart disease/heart attack. Cardiac or heart conditions can easily be mistaken for panic attacks, heartburn, acid reflux, or other gastrointestinal problems. Thousands of American men and women with heart disease are misdiagnosed each year. Woman don’t always have the same classic symptoms of chest pain, which can lead to a misdiagnosis, often with fatal consequences. There are many factors that play into the correct diagnosis of heart disease or a heart attack, so the misdiagnosis of such conditions including a provider’s failure to perform a thorough examination, failure to consider a heart attack in a younger patient, improper reading of an EKG, failure to perform the appropriate lab tests, or in rare cases, a laboratory error.
- Psychiatric. Psychiatric misdiagnosis can happen when diagnosis is delayed or symptoms are misinterpreted. Some of the most common psychiatric misdiagnosed conditions include bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and borderline personality disorder. When a misdiagnosis of any of these conditions occurs, inappropriate treatment and medication may be prescribed, potentially causing harm to the patient.
- Asthma. Asthma misdiagnosis can happen when a health care provider wrongly concludes that the patient’s symptoms are caused by reoccurring bronchitis, pneumonia, or other pulmonary condition. A misdiagnosis can also occur when the patient has a more serious cardiorespiratory illness and is simply diagnosed with asthma. MedicalNewsToday reported that one third of asthma patients are misdiagnosed.
If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a misdiagnosis, The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., is here for you. Call our offices at 310-289-2600 so we can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.